“It’s just surprising, a lot of people that come to a brewery don’t necessarily want beer,” said Intermission Beer Co. owner Courtney White.
Newcomers like Crazy Rooster Brewing Co., Dancing Kilt Brewery and Three Leg Run each took home their first medals.
“I’m hoping to find a buyer who’ll love and appreciate it as much as I do,” said Blue Bee Cider owner Courtney Mailey. “Once the building finds the right owner, we’ll start to think about the cidery.”
Turning Point Pen Co., which sells pens ranging from $600 to five figures, is expanding production by taking some of the work out of the hands of owner Michael Kahwajy-Hyland.
Classic Granite & Marble is now at 1355 Anderson Highway in an 82,000-square-foot building that’s home to the company’s administrative offices, showroom, production and warehouse.
The Manchester-based distillery is in the midst of a $3 million capital raise to make a bigger push into direct-to-consumer sales.
Parent company Corsicana Mattress intends to close down the production facility at 2001 Bellwood Road in August.
Showerspecs were developed and patented by local marketing executive Donna Spurrier, CEO and namesake of Richmond firm Spurrier Group.
The move into beer downtown follows a similar strategy the company deployed at its flagship in Roseland, known as The Farm, about 100 miles west of Richmond.
The closure of James River Distillery comes about a year after the company sold its building to VCU, which needed the property for its planned athletics village near The Diamond.